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Ryder Cup winner Olesen in court over sexual assault charge

Danish Ryder Cup winner Thorbjorn Olesen arrives at a London court to face charges of sexual assault © AFP / Ben STANSALL

LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 18 – Danish golf star Thorbjorn Olesen appeared in court in Britain on Wednesday accused of sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft.

Olesen, a member of the victorious 2018 European Ryder Cup team and a five-time champion on the European Tour, made no plea in the short hearing at a court in west London.

But the 29-year-old has previously indicated he would contest the charges, and will formally respond in a hearing set for December 13.

Olesen was arrested on July 29 as he arrived back in London, where he lives, from the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis.

He is accused of being drunk on the British Airways flight from Nashville, and is also accused of sexually assaulting a woman and assault by beating.

Olesen, who appeared in court under his first name Jacob, has been granted unconditional bail. A provisional trial date was set for May 11 next year.

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